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Marussia Virgin MVR02 – Front wing spec raced by each driver at each race


Race

Glock

Spec

d’ Ambrosio

Spec

Analysis

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Launch

1st

1st

Link1

Australia

2nd

2nd

Link2

Malaysia

2nd

2nd

China

2nd

2nd

Turkey

3rd

3rd

Link3

Spain

3rd

3rd

Monaco

3rd

3rd

Canada

3rd

3rd

Europe

3rd

3rd

G.Britain

3rd

3rd

Germany

3rd

3rd

Hungary

3rd

3rd

Belgium

3rd

3rd

Italy

4th

3rd

Link4

Singapore

3rd

3rd

Japan

3rd

3rd

Korea

3rd

3rd

India

3rd

3rd

Abu Dhabi

3rd

3rd

Brazil

3rd

3rd

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PS= gurney tabs additions in some races and higher attack angle weren’t taken into consideration

Marussia Virgin MVR02 – front wing without upper decks for Glock at Italy

December 27, 2011 1 comment

   Timo Glock chose to race at Monza  a modified front wing which lacked the upper decks and provided less drag to boost top speed . On the contrary less experienced d’ Ambrosio raced the custom spec which gave him more confidence to challenge Parabolica . Glock also raced in Monza a rear wing without gurney tab for the same reason ( link ) but the top speed difference between the two Virgin racers was practically less than a half second favoring Glock . A larger gap would be expected though judging only by the different set ups , regarding downforce level ,  between Glock and d’Ambrosio cars . A possible explanation can be looked at engine usage (all drivers should use 8 engines in total for season ,otherwise a penalty is given) . Glock had No1 engine for a 4th race but d’Ambrosio No1 engine for a 3rd race .That would possibly justify a power loss due to fatigue for Glock’s engine treated with a lower downforce set up  , but that’s just no more than a speculation without solid facts .

 

 

 

 

Marussia Virgin MVR02 – Rear wing spec raced by each driver at each race


SPEC

DEBUT

Analysis

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1st

Launch

Link1

2nd

Australia

Link2

3rd

Belgium

Link3

4th

Italy

Link4

5th

Italy

Link5

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Australia

Malaysia

China

Turkey

Spain

Monaco

Rear Wing Glock

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

Rear Wing d’Ambrosio

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

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Canada

Europe

G.Britain

Germany 

 Hungary

Belgium 

Rear Wing Glock

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

3rd

Rear Wing d’Ambrosio

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

3rd

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Italy

Singapore 

Japan 

Korea 

 India

Abu Dhabi 

 Brazil

Rear Wing Glock

4th

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

Rear Wing d’Ambrosio

5th

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

Special rear wings for Virgin drivers at Italy

December 23, 2011 2 comments

           Monza is a special very low downforce track , also known as ‘Temple of Speed’ .Top speed is vital at long stretches and traditionally all teams bring in Monza special aerodynamic packages to minimize drag  . The MVR02 Monza rear wing spec had gill-less endplates and reduced airfoil chord . Noticeably  d’ Ambrosio raced a wing spec with a gurney tab ( in black) to give him more grip and confidence in Parabolica while Glock had a tab-less version.

Marussia Virgin MVR02 – Small modification to the rear wing at Spa

December 23, 2011 1 comment

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  Virgin raced a tab-less rear wing at Spa hoping for greater top speed . Tab (Gurney tab, in black in pre Belgium spec) is a small flap tab projecting from the trailing edge of the upper airfoil . It is used to increase downforce production . Downforce level at Spa isn’t so high and thus teams often launch modifications to their rear wings .

Marussia Virgin MVR02-Rear wing revisions before Melbourne


    Virgin introduced design philoshophy revisions to the rear wing  before Melbourne . The revised wing had a clear construction regarding flap separators differing from the old one featuring a mixed concept . In particular the old spec had two separators at the second flap and three on the main flap (one at the middle and two close to the endplates) . Probably the change had to do with the efficiency of the flap moving mechanism  . Finally to boost downforce  the size of the tab fence across the second flap rear lip has been increased .

Marussia Virgin MVR02-New mirror mountings since Turkey


  The MV02 since Turkey races with a new completely vertical and simpler mirror mountings, leaving behind the more sophisticated Viking horn design. A change likely to be linked with the new higher nose cone raced a race after in Spain, offering less blockage caused by the mirror body to the flow over the sidepods and towards the rear, without of course having a negative impact on rearview visibility .

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